The Travel Project
Jessica Last and Charlie Wild, both 29 years old, have been together for almost 10 years. Last year they quit their jobs in advertising and set out to travel the world.
Using Instagram as their only guide, they decided to explore under-the-radar destinations through the lens of locals.
“The Instagram community is full of creative people wanting to meet other creatives and you can feed off each other,” Last told Business Insider.
Wild adds: “It’s essentially your shop window, or a mood board of your tastes and you can tell quite a lot about a person from their Instagram.”
Their route began in India, and then they travelled to Singapore, through Malaysia, myanmar best time to travel, and ended in South Africa.
As the couple landed in new cities they used Instagram for tips and hints on what to explore using the hashtags and geo-location settings. They found that every country they visited used the app differently. In India users open up their homes to fellow Instagrammers, while in Hong Kong users reserve certain information for the locals.
In the Himalayas they taught English best time to go to myanmar refugee monks. In Myanmar they met the tattooed women of a remote tribe. The custom began, according best time to go to myanmar legend, as a means for young women to repel an ancient King and avoid enslavement.
Overall, they met about 50 other Instagramers on their trip. While they didn’t have any “dodgy” experiences during the six-months they spent connecting with strangers, the “coolest and edgiest” experience they had was at a boxing club in Johannesburg.
The couple racked up 12,500 followers on The Travel Project account, and are keen to grow this further on their next stint to the Southern states of America. They funded the first six months with their own savings, but by the end of their trip (and once their follower base hit 10,000) they were being approached by tourism boards for sponsored content.
Scroll down for a sneak peek of their stunning trip, made possible through the use of the photo sharing app.
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